Biography

Composer Sid Richardson (b. 1987) writes concert music that imbues modern idioms with emotional grit and wit. His work explores the intersections of music and literature, drawing inspiration from a wide swath of authors, poets, and playwrights. Richardson leverages pre-existing texts to create a metaphorical resonance with the source material in pieces that weave literary elements into formal, rhythmic, and harmonic structures.

Richardson has collaborated on compositions with artists such as Alsarah & the Nubatones, Amarcord, Branford Marsalis, Bill Seaman, The Callithumpian Consort, Conrad Tao, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Del Sol Quartet, Deviant Septet, Sinfonia Salt Lake, and yMusic. He has a predilection for violin music, and has been fortunate to work with a variety of violinists including Lilit Hartunian, Sarah Plum, Charlotte Munn-Wood, Sarah Griffin, Misha Vayman, and Roseminna Watson. His recent commissions include works for the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Utah Arts Festival.

In February 2021, Richardson releases his debut portrait album, Borne by a Wind, on New Focus Recordings. The record’s cornerstone features Red Wind, a genre-spanning collaboration with poet Nathaniel Mackey and a mixed chamber ensemble of New York-based musicians, and three other chamber works performed by pianist Conrad Tao, violinist Lilit Hartunian, and the Da Capo Chamber Players.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Sid Richardson completed his PhD in the Department of Music at Duke University. He also holds degrees from Boston Conservatory and Tufts University. Sid has participated in artist residencies at Crosstown Arts, The Hermitage Artist Retreat, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 2017, The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him a Charles Ives Scholarship. He was the recipient of the 2018 Hermitage Prize from the Aspen Music Festival and School. In the summer of 2019, Richardson was the Elliott Carter Memorial Composition Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Active as a music educator, he has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently on the composition faculty at New England Conservatory of Music and Wellesley College.